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Advanced Post-Graduate Diploma in Clinical Research
and Medical Writing

Online Medical Writing Training | Medical Writing Courses | Online Scientific Writing Training

Online Medical Writing Training | Medical Writing Courses | Online Scientific Writing Training

Medical writing is a fast developing and exciting discipline that involves writing topics helpful for the medical fraternity and drug development. Two major areas in the pharmaceutical and biotech industry with a large demand for skilled medical writers are regulatory writing and marketing material writing.

The pharmaceutical and biotech research industry has advanced in all domains from basic research to bed side research. Medical writing is a dominant profession involved in all stages of product development in the pharmaceutical and biotech industry having a significant role in the success or failure of new products, inventions and devices.

According to the 2008 Centre Watch market research analysis, the medical writing market has grown at the rate of 15% annually for the last five years to nearly $700 million. This exponential rise has been attributed to the amount of work outsourced by drug sponsors in order to meet the regulatory requirements, and to also convert clinical study data into manuscripts for scientific and medical publications.

Medical writers are an integral part of the drug development process and handle a wide range of responsibilities. Professionals with medical writing skills work in the pharma-biotech and clinical research industry, healthcare organizations, media or as freelance entrepreneurs.

In the wider clinical research industry, a large number of clinical research management organizations have recently developed which include a range of full service CROs, early phase CROs, SMOs, companies with selective specialized services like data management and drug safety, clinical research consultancies, KPOs, etc. This has created a demand for skilled workforce in the clinical research industry as stressed in many business reports.

James Lind Institute is committed to developing emerging professionals for the clinical research industry who are equipped with the most relevant and latest knowledge and expertise.

The Advanced Post-Graduate Diploma in Clinical Research and Medical Writing (APGDCR-MW) course will provide you with a methodical understanding of the core areas of clinical research and medical writing thus enhancing your skills and knowledge to the level expected of a Clinical Research Professional and Medical Writer. It imparts rigorous medical writing training to develop professional expertise of high caliber.

The Advanced Post-Graduate Diploma in Clinical Research and Medical Writing (APGDCR-MW) course curriculum is fully reviewed and endorsed by the Clinical Research Industry and the academia thus imparting students the edge that they require to make an entrance in the clinical research industry. It also empowers the professionals working in the clinical research industry with the skills and knowledge required to move to higher cadres of the management hierarchy.

Course Structure



    program curriculum

Course duration

Self Paced 6 - 8 months (Maximum duration 24 months)

A student enrolled in the Advanced Post-Graduate Diploma in Clinical Research & Medical Writing (APGDCR-MW) course is expected to study online for a minimum of fifteen hours per week.

Course Assessment

Course assessment involves online multiple choice questions for each lecture, followed by assignments for each study module.

Overall academic performance in the program is measured on a 4 point Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) scale. More information about this is available here: Evaluation System

Eligibility Criteria

Minimum eligibility criteria for the course would be either of the following:

  • MBBS/BHMS/BAMS/BPT/MPT/BDS/BMLT/Bachelor in Naturopathy & Veterinary Science /MD/MS.

  • Graduate/Postgraduate degree in Pharmacy/ Pharmaceutical Sciences.

  • Graduate/Postgraduate degree in Life Sciences (Botany, Zoology, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Genetics, Biotechnology).

  • Graduate/Postgraduate degree in Chemistry/Biostatistics/ Bioinformatics.

  • Graduate or equivalent degree in Nursing/Allied Health.

  • Students in their final year of graduation for the above courses may also apply.

  • Candidates without any science background such as graduates in English language or candidates with some work experience in writing / clinical research / allied areas may also be eligible for this program. Please check with our counsellors for more information.

Fee Structure

Course fee for all JLI courses is very reasonable. Please use our Course Fee Calculator below to know the course fee applicable to you.

If you are not sure about the fee applicable to you for Advanced Post-Graduate Diploma in Clinical Research and Medical Writing, please send an email to or chat with our online counsellor.

For more details about the admission procedure please click here.

Academic Support

Throughout the course, the students can interact with the faculty and other students via the “Online Campus Tutoring Centre” to discuss any coursework related issues.

Each student in the Advanced Post-Graduate Diploma in Clinical Research and Medical Writing (APGDCR-MW) course is assigned a mentor throughout the course who will be a senior professional from the Industry. Students are in close contact with the “Student Success Team” during the course and thereafter as alumni. To know more about the “Student Success Team”, click here.

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